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The north entrance to former old Dana College campus in Blair, Nebraska, in June 2016.

The university that will replace Grace University on the Dana College campus in Blair has legally registered with the State of Nebraska.

Charis University has its origin in the demise of Grace, which has been located for many years on the south side of downtown Omaha but will close in May. Charis is not directly related to Grace, organizers say.

Marv Overman, a former dean at Grace and the organizing agent of Charis, announced Sunday evening that the new university had been registered with Nebraska.

Charis, he said, is the Greek word for “grace.” The university is working cooperatively with the Angels Share organization to open its doors to students in fall 2018.

The initial membership meeting to elect a board of advisers will be held on the Blair campus on April 14.

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